Last weekend my neighbor told me a story about a late night explosion in her house. She had just gone up to bed when she heard what sounded like a gunshot. Coming down the stairs she discovered that a bottle from on top of her fridge had exploded sticky liquid all over her kitchen. The pressure inside caused the bottle to burst.
When I think about bursting, I think of flowers opening, babies being born, and good news I can’t wait to tell. (Okay I also remember long car rides with minimal bathroom breaks and the button on my pants after Thanksgiving dinner.)
Webster defines burst as, “to break open, apart, or into pieces usually from impact or from pressure from within.” Why all this talk of bursting? Because God is a Burster.
Throughout Scripture, the names of God reveal the character of God. Jehovah Jireh: Provider, El Roi: the God who sees, Emmanuel: God with us. These are just a few of the many names of God that tell us about Him. He is also the “God who Bursts through.”
It’s found in 2 Samuel 5 when King David is fighting the Philistines. These are his longtime enemies from his childhood days of Goliath. “So David asked the Lord, “Should I go out to fight the Philistines? Will you hand them over to me?” The Lord replied to David, “Yes, go ahead. I will certainly hand them over to you.” So David went to Baal-perazim and defeated the Philistines there. “The Lord did it!” David exclaimed. “He burst through my enemies like a raging flood!” So he named that place Baal-perazim (which means “the Lord who bursts through”).
- First David asked God what to do.
- Next He obeyed it.
- Then He watched God burst through.
- After, He said, “The Lord did it.”
The Hebrew word for burst is parats (to break through or down or over, burst, breach). It’s used many times for God intervening in the lives of His people throughout the Old Testament.
As I reflect on my life, I can see many times the Lord has burst through in my life:
- the day I realized He sent His Son to die for me so I could have a close relationship with Him
- when He healed my five year old daughter of a life-threatening illness
- finding out I was having twins 10 days before they arrived
- getting an email from an editor at Lifeway encouraging me to keep writing
- this week – speaking to me through His Word with clarity in very real situations
However, there are still many areas where I need Him to burst through in my life. Wisdom in parenting my middle school daughters. Strained relationships that keep being strained. Protection for my son who just started driving. Direction for a Bible study I wrote on the book of Jeremiah.
When I see Him for who He is – the God who BURSTS through – it changes the way I pray. (more consistently and with greater expectation) It gives me a reason to hope while I ask and obey. (knowing that He could be bursting through any moment) Fear and worry melt away when I focus on God’s bursting character.
While a lot of life is asking, waiting, praying, and obeying, I know there is big future burst coming as well from my God. In Acts 1:11, two angels appeared with this message, “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why are you standing here staring into heaven? Jesus has been taken from you into heaven, but someday he will return from heaven in the same way you saw him go!”
He is the God who bursts through. First and foremost through the cross in reconciling us to Himself, but also through our daily struggles. However, one day He will burst on the scene of human history again – this time to take us home.
I pray that today you’ll see God’s desire to intervene in whatever situation that needs some bursting through in your life.